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Ruminations on the Lord of the Rings (Books and Movies)
I recently re-watched the first two Lord of the Rings movies. I've read the books several times, though not recently. Watching the movies brought back some of my conflicted feelings about the books: Tolkien is a great story teller. No doubt about that. Part...
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Interesting piece about addiction, contrasting AA with the science on the subject.
The new science of addiction makes 12-step programmes seem like folk medicine. Is the concept of a higher power obsolete?
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I won candy on the #googlebirthday doodle! Score: 171
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Nice tool when you've got overseas stuff to keep track of.
Effortlessly convert world time, schedule conference calls, webinars & online meetings, plan travel and track flight arrival time across time zones.
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Good stuff about the Norquist pledge as abdication of responsibility.
"For heaven's sake, you have Grover Norquist wandering the earth in his white robes saying that if you raise taxes one penny, he'll defeat you. He can't murder you. He can't burn ...
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Please join me in petitioning President Obama to require that the FCC develop a plan for TRUE net neutrality, rather than turning the Internet into a two-tiered information highway—a fast lane for big businesses, and slow lane for the rest of us. 
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/require-fcc-implement-plan-true-net-neutrality-instead-handing-internet-over-big-business/bTcRMN02
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http://youtu.be/q03I1B_yrPg

The ultimate battle of fire and ice! Who will win, the sun or Comet #ISON

Join #NASA as we follow the journey of Comet ISON as it slingshots around the sun. 

Will the awesome gravity and energy of the sun break up this cosmic ball of ice and rock? Will it break up? Or will it pass the sun intact to put on a dazzling show in the December sky? 

Watch as NASA solar physicists track the comet LIVE from the mission control for NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory,@NASA_SDO, during #ISON’s closest approach to the sun. 

We'll also be joined by comet scientists joining from Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona, where the solar telescope will be observing ISON and by science writer Phil Plait.

NASA scientists will answer your questions LIVE on air here on Google+, in the YouTube comments section during the live broadcast, or via Twitter using #ISON and #askNASA.

The participants in this Hangout include:

• C. Alex Young, Solar Physicist, Associate Director for Science in the Heliophysics Science Division and co-founder of The Sun Today - NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.,

• W. Dean Pesnell, Solar Physicist and Project Scientist for the Solar Dynamics Observatory - NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.,

• Karl Battams, Comet Scientist for the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, and solar spacecraft lead for NASA's Comet ISON Observing Campaign, joining from Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona, where the solar telescope will be observing ISON. 

• Phil Plait, writes Slate's 'Bad Astronomy' blog and is an astronomer, science evangelizer, and author of the books "Bad Astronomy" and "Death from the Skies!"
NASA Hangout: Comet ISON LIVE
Thu, November 28, 2013, 1:00 PM

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Allow me to strongly recommend against reading this book, 7 Tipping Points that Saved the World. I received it as a Christmas present. It's supposedly about seven great moments in history that led to some of the political freedoms enjoyed today. One of the seven "tipping points" is the discovery of the New World. Why? Because it started a huge infusion of gold, silver, cash crops (sugar, tobacco, etc.) and food crops that helped Old World monarchies defeat the Ottoman Empire. There's literally NOT A SINGLE WORD about the many millions of indigenous Americans who were killed, enslaved, or died of disease due to the European conquest of the Americas. The deaths of 50 million people (to use a conservative estimate) are apparently not even worth mentioning, as the only noteworthy aspect is the wealth that revitalized European monarchies, allowing them to oppress their own populations and kills lots of Muslims. This is what qualifies as one of the great moments in the history of freedom?
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Just bought access so I can download the debate.
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My blog post about my review of a book about whether Mitt Romney's Mormonism should play a role in deciding whether to vote for him.
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Nice blog post about the Mormons who marched in the Pride parade.
Most of my community is feeling all warm and fuzzy because today was SLC's LGBT Pride Parade. I went because the parade route passed quite close to my apartment, and because I had friends who were...
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Previously I've had good experiences with Dr. Grua, but in the past month, I've left multiple messages with his office and received no response, and my pharmacy has left multiple messages with his office to try to renew a prescription, and they've gotten no response, so my confidence in him and his office and greatly diminished.
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Dr. Towner has been my primary care physician for several years, and I've been very happy with his care. He's a good listener, but doesn't waste a lot of time with pleasantries, which is great for me, because I'm sure it's one of the reasons he rarely gets behind schedule. I have a number of complicated health issues, and he's been very helpful with all of them. When appropriate, he will give advice about several possible treatment options and then let me give my input into which approach I prefer.
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